Reviews

Scud Mountain Boys, ‘Do You Love the Sun’

August 30, 2013

Scud Mountain Boys, ‘Do You Love the Sun’ One Little Indian, 8/26/2013 One Little Indian‘s recent re-reissue of the first two Scud Mountain Boys albums, in the form of the comically titled The Early Year, provided a timely reminder of a band whose flame burned briefly and with often unnerving intensity in the early to mid 90’s.... 

Earthen Sea/Insect Factory Split

August 28, 2013

Earthen Sea/Insect Factory Split Earthen Zone/Insect Fields, July 2013 This breathtakingly beautiful record was sent to me by Jeff Barsky, currently based in my hometown of Silver Spring, MD. He plays “guitar” (allegedly) on one side under his alias, Insect Factory. No words appear on this record other than the names of the artists:... 

Good Stuff House, ‘Untitled’

August 28, 2013

Good Stuff House, ‘Untitled’ Holodeck Records/Indian Queen Records, 7/23/2013 Time-Lag Records is a record label and shop run by the very talented and very friendly Nemo Bidstrup from Portland, Maine. For over a decade, Nemo’s been responsible for unleashing a whole host of amazing LPs and CD-Rs, documenting the goings on... 

Troller, ‘S/T’

August 23, 2013

Troller, ‘S/T’ Holodeck, 6/4/2013 A Troller is a thing. It is a monster. It is its own gender, its own species. It is menacing, militant, misanthropic, and probably totally misunderstood. But it has descended upon turntables for the second time after an initial cassette release, and so by now, here in 2013, it deserves... 

Soft Riot, ‘No Longer Stranger’

August 21, 2013

Soft Riot, ‘No Longer Stranger’ Volar Records, 3/26/2013 I often eat these cinnamon rolls — plain, horrible loaves of bread that they are — in my kitchen. Usually very quickly. I’d just settled in to trying one with a quarter-filled glass of almond milk when I realized: I have ice cream and I’ve never heard of cinnamon... 

Lali Barrière, Noish, and Xedh, ‘icgs el’

August 19, 2013

Lali Barrière, Noish, and Xedh, ‘icgs el’ Nada, May 2013 Some sounds are very comforting. The sound of money, or coins, for instance, is a nice sound. One may disagree, on the grounds that such a statement is superficial, but think about the intro to that one Pink Floyd track. Listeners knows what’s going on, and they like it. It sounds... 

Devo, ‘Hardcore Volume 1 & 2’

August 15, 2013

Devo, ‘Hardcore Volume 1 & 2’ Superior Viaduct, 6/25/2013 I’m going to start this off with a challenge of sorts: if your only acquaintance with Devo is the song “Whip It,” you’ve done yourself a major disservice and should go out and buy some of their records immediately (the first three are a good place to start, in... 

Sean McCann, ‘Music For Private Ensemble’

August 15, 2013

Sean McCann, ‘Music For Private Ensemble’ Recital, June 2013 The last time I checked in with Sean McCann was on the eve of his Vanity Fair album release, a collaborative outing with fellow LA-based musician Matthew Sullivan, marking the inaugural release of his Recital imprint. Around then, McCann indicated that he was moving away from doing... 

Antti Tolvi, ‘Pianoketo’

August 9, 2013

Antti Tolvi, ‘Pianoketo’ Fonal Records, 3/6/2013 When an album lulls you peacefully to sleep night after night, it’s tempting to not review it at all. Why bother forcing myself to come up with words to describe this sonic experience, when I could just let it wash over my soul and lull me into dreamless bliss? Alas, tonight... 

High Wolf, ‘Kairos: Chronos’

August 8, 2013

High Wolf, ‘Kairos: Chronos’ Not Not Fun, June 2013 Masked French drone wizard known as High Wolf has racked up a sizeable discography, beginning that project and Annapurna Illusion in 2009, and collaborating with Neil Campbell (Astral Social Club) as Iibiis Rooge. He runs Winged Sun Records, which releases much of his output,... 

Lyonnais, ‘Terminus OST’

August 7, 2013

Lyonnais, ‘Terminus OST’ Batteryfire, 8/3/2013 Solomon Chase’s Terminus places two siblings in post-apocalyptic Atlanta, forcing the youngsters to encounter loss and destruction, with a soundtrack by the city’s own cosmopolitan experimental rock group Lyonnais. Their penchant for capturing breathtaking climaxes with... 

Planted Pine, ‘Battle At Lake Ellen’

August 6, 2013

Planted Pine, ‘Battle At Lake Ellen’ Self Released, 6/27/2013 What I like most about Planted Pine’s Battle At Lake Ellen is the fact that it sounds like it grew naturally from somewhere distant and secluded — I’m reminded of Faust holing up in isolation in an old schoolhouse in Wümme, Germany to record their eponymous debut album,... 

Nate Young Regression, ‘Blinding Confusion’

August 2, 2013

Nate Young Regression, ‘Blinding Confusion’ NNA Tapes, 7/2/2013 Blinding Confusion is the latest LP release from Michigan’s Nate Young, issued both under his birth name and the name Regression. Far from the work of his noisier and more overtly rocking trio Wolf Eyes, Blinding Confusion finds Young in a quieter setting, focusing primarily...